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Friday, February 12, 2010


our week has been craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

i already said how busy it was going to be. throw in one sick kid...and it just gets crazier!! dustin's been coughing/hacking since sunday so i finally took him in yesterday. he ended up with an ear infection. so i'm glad i took him in. because he's starting to feel and look like himself again. it was a long week with him sick. i couldn't set him down or leave the room without him screaming. ((and when you have three other kids to take care of, it makes it a bit difficult)) i debated getting out my ergo carrier, but didn't think it'd work with my pregnancy belly.

despite dustin being sick, it's still been a good week. shaun came to dance on tuesday. and we drove to get our frozen veggies in a town we'd never been to. in a snow storm. i'm SO SO SO thankful for my brave driver hubby!! i do not like driving in the snow, so it was nice he was able to do that for me. :0) it took up most of our day with the snow, but oh well.

wednesday night was the princess show!! shaun's sister watched the little ones for us.(which worked out SO nicely!!) and we took the older two girls. amelya and breigh are big time observers of things. princesses on ice were no different. they both just stared at took it all in. with not a ton of emotion. but yesterday they talked about how beautiful the princesses were. we didn't get suckered into any crazy ridiculous expensive things. so that was nice!! we bought them each a coloring book. they did ask for cotton candy. that was quickly shot down...only because it was TEN DOLLARS. yes ten. oh you did get a 'free' crown with it. but only one. so then you'd be stuck buying two. the it'd be TWENTY dollars. nope don't think so.

i will say i'm so blessed by our kids. they asked the once. got the no. and that was that. no begging. no crying. no fit throwing. i clearly remember myself NOT being that way. i was...and some may say can STILL be...a fit thrower. ((my mom has the indents from my pretty black dress shoes in her wall, to prove it)) i think the difference is the opportunity i've had to learn from my past and even more so the opportunity i have to raise my girls in a christian home. i truly think it's MY relationship with the lord that's changed me ((to be less of a fit thrower...i'm saved..not perfect)) and thus helped me to view how i'm raising my kids to be. so praise god!! ((oh..my kids can totally...and DO throw fits. i'm not saying because they're raised in a christian home they're perfect...i'm just taking this opportunity to praise god for what he did and continues to do in our home.))

speaking of god. breigh was singing yesterday, and totally made me cry. ((i've been working on little sleep. am pregnant and emotional...it doesn't take much to make me break down and cry)) she was just playing and singing "the b-i-b-l-e, stand alone on the word of god, the b-i-b-l-e." yesterday was the day i needed to hear that. and it blessed me so much to hear her singing it. not caring. not worrying about 'who' will hear her. just singing her little heart out to god. how great. and after a week like this one...something i needed to hear. what have i been standing on all week? has it been god and his word? so it was cool to be even spoke to through something so 'small'.

tonight we're going to laugh our way to a better marriage. i'm SO excited to get the night away with shaun!! and most of tomorrow too!! i was telling someone yesterday about us going away and she was saying how her and her hubby need to do more things like that. so i encourage YOU to do something. with just you and your spouse. NO KIDS!! shaun and i didn't always make it a priority...and we can both tell since we have...what a difference it's made!! because our kids will grow up. they're going to find that perfect spouse. marry. and leave us. our spouses...BETTER NOT BE!! and i think we can help protect that by taking date nights NOW and then later...we'll still know each other. we won't be 'living with a stranger'. so go for a walk together. take a picnic (if weather permits). do SOMETHING. it doesn't even have to cost money. sure a big fancy date night is fun...but if you can't do it...make your own fancy date night at home. after the kids are in bed...or better yet...ship them off to grandma's house. and have that nice night alone together. it's SO important. even more so when you look at the divorce rate in the church...it's the same if not a bit higher than that out of the church. divorce is easy. marriage is hard. but marriage is also so worth it. and worth fighting for.

wow. i've really gone on and on this morning. but for those of you who've been around for awhile...it's pretty much what i do.

i have ONE MORE THING!! and it's exciting...to me. and hopefully to you. my birthday...but it's not til april :0) lol. BUT i'm in the planning process of planning a week long review/giveaway gala!! my goal is to focus on mommy (or daddy) businesses!! do you make something? sell something? i've already have one mommy committed to doing a giveaway of her product. and need some more!! my goal is to have five days worth of giveaways...but if i get more interest we can do a full seven day week...or combine some. i'm not sure yet!! so let me know if you'd like to do something!! i want to have it be a fun week!! plus it's just something fun to look forward to. april is almost spring!! wisconsin winters are SO long!!

so let me know!! and thanks for reading til this point!! :0) oh yeah...and happy valentine's day!!

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He & Me + 3 said...

I hear you on how expensive things can be at those shows. my kids know not to ask either. They just love going.
Have a great night out with your hubs. WE all need time alone with our spouses. Enjoy!
Happy Friday.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Goodness! You have had a crazy week! Eli has been ill lately too...I took him to the doctor yesterday and he still has an ear infection from January. I think if it doesn't clear up this time we may be getting tubes...no fun! It sounds like your girlies had a great time at the Princesses on Ice...I am SUPER impressed that you didn't buy anything! I try not to most of the time, but sometimes we do give in:)

Beccalynn said...

I've never tried a diva cup. I saw one and I was kinda scared of it. And as far as gross, I think anything reusable when it comes to your period can be gross. Cleaning out mama cloth is not like cleaning out diapers--at least for me. And it's more difficult to clean the blood out.

And happy birthday! Mine's this Sunday and I'm not even thinking about it. Now that I have my daughter my birthday doesn't matter as much. I mean, I'm happy about it and all, but I don't know... I don't know how to describe it.

Alicia said...

Okay, where do I start? LOL

We call our little ones, "little ones" too!! How funny! And how nice that you were able to take the older ones out. So much easier, huh? The food, snacks, and everything in between costs an arm and a leg! Plus, the cotton candy is so small!

We're going out to dinner with friends on V-day, and I can't wait!

And that would be great to have a weeks worth of giveaways!

Jessica said...

That WAS a crazy week! Gracious!

Have a super blessed weekend!

Bob West said...

God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;


Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

I just stumbled across your blog, and I love it! Your kiddos a re beautiful. We have a lot in common, I too am a cloth diapering homeschool mom. Nice to meet you!

melissa @ Home Grown Families

Jennifer W. said...

What a busy, fun week!!! Don't you love when the kiddos sing? It's so sweet. And they are so fun at shows. It's great to watch their reactions.

Mom's Place said...

Love your blog!!! Crazy week! I feel your pain!

christy rose said...

Poor Dustin! I hope he feels better soon! Sounds like you had a crazy fun week. Hope you laughed hard toward your better marriage. I bet you had a blast! Have a Happy Valentines Day! :)

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh, I hope you have a great time with your hubs...those nights are the best!!!


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